I received this email today that made me both so incredibly sad and so humbled by the “reach” of the internet. I would normally answer such an email privately, but something about this particular email made me want to publish it verbatim, with the exception of the full name of the sender and contact information. I hope I have not offended you by publishing this, but this is perhaps the single most poignant, yet heartwarming (if not tear jerking) email I have EVER received on marketmanila.com. There were others that were close, but none like this. I know this is predominantly a food website, with an occasional rant and a rare restaurant review… but it has also turned into a fairly large community of food lovers, 97% of whom choose never to leave a comment at all, 99% of whom I do not personally know, yet who come back day after day or whenever they feel like it. But read the email first, then allow me to blather on some more…
“thanks for the memories
i am writing to express my deepest gratitude for all the recipes and blogs you have diligently put up on your site. my brother passed away last month, october 25th, after at least a two-year battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia here in canada. he was 23 and he fought so hard.
all the while he was in treatment and in the last three months in the hospital, i would tell him about your site. lingaw kaayo siya, labaw na tong nahitabo tungod sa “fishpan” og sa “boneholder”. we speak ilonggo and bisaya, so it was a laugh.
he always wanted to learn how to cook, and when he\’d get the chance, ask me how a recipe goes. even the week and a day before he passed, when he could still speak, he wanted to know “ngano wala’y lumpiang shanghai sa shanghai, og ngano wa’y pancit canton sa canton?”
salamat kaayo. may the lord favour you and keep you ever mindful of the needs of others.
F., thank you so much for this email. I am so incredibly sorry for your family’s loss and my prayers will be with you and your brother. This email has touched me so much that I could not even read it to my family, I had to ask them to read it for themselves. We too, have known of at least three friends or acquaintances who have passed away from cancer in the last few months or are battling it as I type this. All in their 40’s or younger, and with so much of their lives still ahead of them, and it truly seems all so unfair… That the content of this silly blog (and the infamous fish pan post at that) would bring even a few seconds of amusement, diversion, solace to an individual who was terminally ill with cancer was definitely something I did not expect. And I hope that marketmanila’s readers who pause for a moment to read this post, see the unexpected ways we can touch other peoples lives in positive ways without even knowing it. And F, where your brother is now, I am certain he has the best chefs to teach him how to cook…